DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 18, 2011
Poured into a goblet. Big thanks to jyounger30 for this treat.
4.0 A: Clear dark brown color. Two fingers of frothy head with less than average retention and some lacing.
3.5 S: I tried and tried to pick everything out, but the aroma is simply too weak. It’s pleasant, but not packing enough strength to win me over. Peppery Belgian yeastiness. Dark fruitiness including prune, figs, raisins, and black currants.
4.0 T: Taste follows the nose, but is much much stronger. Belgian yeastiness comes back with a vengence, sporting big pepper and tons of clove. Fruitiness follows the nose, but is 10 times stronger. I could be wrong, but I’m detecting some dark candi sugar. There’s some alcohol in there, but it doesn’t seem anywhere near 11%.
4.5 M: Lighter medium body, but chewy if that makes any sense. Spritzy Belgian yeast carbonation. Creamy and smooth with warming alcohol on finish.
4.5 D: I was very close to giving this a 4.5 for the taste, so I liked this one a lot. I don’t know where the aroma was hiding, but if it came out this would be one hell of a brew. Still, very tasty and would like to have this again. I petition SW to make this a yearly seasonal.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 04-08-2010 00:56:24 JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 20, 2010
Bomber from Sam’s, Durham. Garnet pour, slightly thinner and less substantial than anticipated (or expected for the style). Minimal carb and retention. The aroma is nice enough, with expected notes of dark fruit, yeasty and bready malts, caramel, and moderate roasts. Slightly too sticky mouthfeel tends to undermine whatever complexity might emerge; or perhaps the beer could stand some aging. Either way, it’s a competent quad but one that doesn’t have many distinguishing qualities - certainly nothing that would demand opting for this over a good Belgian. Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 26, 2010
Bomber. Poured deep, ruddy brown with a dense cap of rich beige head. The aroma picked up green raisins, molasses, and lesser bready malts accented by spicy earth and more raisin.. deep, welcoming warmth, but no overt alcohol. The flavor found more of the raisins and molasses than anything else, giving a tasty and intriguing sweetness.. dry, peppery yeast and a hint of green apple laced throughout.. again the alcohol amplified without getting in the way.. a little too dry on the bac, with some artificial sweetenerage.. all in all a tasty brew. Medium-bodied with moderate, rolling carbonation on the palate.. slicker on the back-end with rising sharpness to the swallow.. OK flow to it. I’d have another. decaturstevo (6339) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - OCT 24, 2010
Amber brown pour with tan head and lace. Aroma is brown sugar and raisins. Flavor is sweet dried fruitiness with a smooth bitter and a pleasant warmth. Nice medium bodied beer with good carbonation. Very nice. smith4498 (3650) - Winter Springs, Florida, USA - OCT 8, 2010
Bottle from a trade with kp. Pours dark reddish brown color with tan head. Aromas of raisins and molasses. Flavors of raisins, figs, candy sugar, sweet caramel and some alcohol. Medium to full body with moderate carbonation and a syrupy mouthfeel. Thanks Keith.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2010
Bottle from Sam’s Quik Stop on 03/09/2010. Slightly hazy dark amber body and a large rocky tan head. Caramel, molasses, and belgian spice aroma. Sweet caramel, molasses, belgian spice, and candi sugar flavor. Medium body with moderately high carbonation.
brewski519 (644) - Morrisville, North Carolina, USA - SEP 8, 2010
22 ounce bomber - Pours a medium brownish color with a moderate sized head with good head retention and lacing. Aroma of dark fruit, toffee, bread and yeast. The taste is raisin, toffee, brown sugar, bread, yeast and some berry notes - with a bit of alcohol in the back end. Medium bodied and sweet. pineypower (3345) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - AUG 29, 2010
Bottle shared with Dmac, thanks. Pours out a dark brown with a thin white head. Aroma is of dark fruits, mainly some raisin, plum and light fig and a touch of alcohol. Taste is dried fruits, similar to the ones appearing in the aroma, some cloying sweet notes, mix with the alcohol to make this beer hard to tell what they were shooting for. dmac (6387) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - AUG 28, 2010
22 oz bomber the way I like it. Aroma is sweet with notes of raisins, dates, figs, nuts, bread and some other shit. Meh overall with notes of, raisins, prunes, plumbs, dates, sugar....meh at best. ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 9, 2010
2010 Bottle - Thanks JohnGalt1!! - Pours a deep dk amber with a medium sized beige head...aroma is creamy, vanilla and figgy malt, some alcohol for sure...flavour is similar, lightly tannic, booze, dk dried fruit, raisin and plum?...whatever it is, nicely tasty...